Baptism of Jesus Jan 7, 2018
Welcome in the name of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. If you are visiting, we are glad that you are here and kindly ask that you sign our guest book at the sanctuary doors. If you would like to become a member please speak to the Pastor. In case of illness, the Pastor should be informed. He will always be glad to speak with those who are confronted with problems of a spiritual nature. The time before worship is a quiet time for prayer and meditation to prepare for worship. Please see the inside cover of the hymnal for prayers and page 329f to prepare for Holy Communion. Communicant members are asked to fill out a communion card found in the pew racks and place it in the offering plates.
In Holy Baptism, the Triune God Reveals Himself and Recreates Us in His Image
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Then, as “the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Gen. 1:2), God spoke His Word: “‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Gen. 1:3). In the same way, “the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ” (Mark 1:1) brings about the new creation through the waters of Baptism by the same Word and Spirit of God. When John the Baptist came, “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,” Jesus also came “and was baptized by John in the Jordan” (Mark 1:4, 9). Although He had no sins of His own, He took His stand with sinners in His Baptism and took the sins and mortality of the world upon Himself. He was baptized into His own death, by which the heavens are opened and the Spirit is given to us. God the Father is well pleased with His beloved Son and raises Him from the dead. As we share His Baptism and are “united with him in a death like his” (Rom. 6:5), we also share His resurrection unto “newness of life” (Rom. 6:4).
Collect of the Day
Father in heaven, at the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River You proclaimed Him Your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized in His name faithful in their calling as Your children and inheritors with Him of everlasting life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
ORDER OF SERVICE: Diving Service Setting Three page 184.
The Introit is sung responsively by half-verse and is found on the insert.(B)
READINGS: : Genesis 1: 1 - 5 Romans 6: 1 - 11 Mark 1: 4 - 11
HYMNS: 399, 406, 594 (offering), 600, 598, 395
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Organist/Pianist: Paula Acolyte: Christine
Sound System: Anna/Philip Webmaster: Michael
Secretary: Wed or Thurs 5-7pm): Debby Miller Parish Nurse: Jane
Bible Class and Sunday School
Since the Lord’s Supper gives the forgiveness of sins in the body and blood of Christ to all who believe the words “given and shed” and is also a celebration of oneness in faith, we ask that only those who have professed such faith publicly in a Lutheran Church-Canada (or Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod) congregation come to the Lord’s Altar. Everyone intending to commune for the first time is kindly asked to speak with the Pastor prior to the service.
PRAYER INTERCESSIONS: Judy; Barb; Brian; Paula; Annette; Debbie & Stephanie; Jumna; Christine; Fran; Dennis; June; Olga; Edith; Asser; Gheorghe; Sharon; Autumn; Susan; Mary; Sherran & Larry; Heather; Herta; Gene & Margaret; Albina; Betty; Andre & Micheline; Jeanine; George & Waldtraut; George & Jeanne; Rev. Delmar & Mardelle; Claudette; Isabelle; Denise; Kathy & Jack; Jim; Ada; all who are suffering with pneumonia or the flu.
NICARAGUA FOOD HAMPERS: On Friday, Jan. 5, a team of volunteers left Toronto for Managua, Nicaragua to help support the Lutheran church in holding Vacation Bible Schools and building projects to proclaim God’s mercy in Christ Jesus. The team will also give food hampers to many impoverished families. If you would like to purchase a hamper, envelopes are available on the left side of the table in the narthex. It’s not too late. Serving on this team are Anna and Ann. We also pray for their safe time and travel in addition to God’s blessing upon his Word of salvation.
PRAYER CHAIN: for anyone who is in need of help. Once a request is made known, the prayer chain members will be called, who will only have knowledge of a person in need of support and prayers. All will be confidential, unless otherwise instructed by you. Please call Paula.
SAINT VINCENT’S KITCHEN: if anyone would like to help with our team it's the 4th Saturday of every month. You can Contact Charlie and Christine Farnell at 905-263-8497 or St. Vincent’s kitchen at 905-434-7543; ask for Valerie Moreton. People can come in the morning for prep, or in the afternoon for serving, busing or drying dishes. Or to help close. Morning times 9-12 Afternoon 2-5 Evening 5-7.
WWW.LUTHERANHOUR.CA. CHAM 820/AM SUN. 8:00 - January 14; “How Well Does Jesus Know Me?” (John 1:48-51); Speaker of the Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus It’s nice to have someone know and understand you. Today the Lutheran Hour asks, “How do you feel about Jesus knowing you?”
OFFERING COUNTERS: We are looking for volunteers to assist in counting weekly offerings on Sundays. Currently counting is done by just a few members of the congregation. It is a rather simple task carried out on a computer. Please give this request consideration to lighten the load on our Financial Sec’y Wendy . Contact Wendy for training. If you do not know who she is; ask an usher to introduce you.
CANADIAN LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF CLWR gifts from the heart catalogue provides meaningful and tangible gifts that will share God’s love with the world. No matter which gift you choose, the gifts you give will save and change lives. See catalogues on table in atrium for your personal ordering.. Not processed through office.
LADIES OF GRACE: All ladies are invited to attend the “Ladies of Grace Meeting” on January 9th at 7:30 p.m. We will be revealing who are Prayer Pals for 2017 were and getting our new Prayer Pals for 2018. Information for the upcoming LWML Canada Convention will also be discussed. Looking forward to seeing many of you there. Diana, President LOG
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Thanks everyone for contributing to the Sunday school outreach project. Our ladies hygiene kits . We made 15 of them.
COPIES OF THE DIVINE SERVICE: anyone who is shut in or has been ill can catch up with mp3 players of the entire service. To sign them out, see Paula or Deb
EDLYA Retreat: (East District Lutheran Young Adults) is Jan. 19 – 21 at First St. Paul’s, 3620 Nafziger Rd. Wellesley, ON. Paula's van is going for those of you 18-35 who wish to attend
POP TAB COLLECTION: will continue to be collected. Bill and Carolyn will be running this program.
MEN’S BREAKFAST: Saturday January 13th, 2018 @7:30 am, all are welcome.
SAINTS ALIVE: Wednesday January 10th, 2018 @noon.
SYMPATICO.CA – Anyone with a sympatico.ca email address; I keep getting an error message unable to deliver “ exceeds size limit. Please check your mailboxes; you may have to clean out some old emails.
LWML MEETING: January 9TH, 2018@ 7:30 pm
ELDERS MEETING: January 9th, 7:30 pm
QUILTING: We will begin for 2018 on January 30th @ 9am
CONGREGATIONAL LUNCHEON: We will be having a member of the Canadian Blood Services coming to our January 28th Birthday luncheon to give information on blood donations. See the Parish Nursing Board for more information.. Thank you Jane Ibbott
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS: There is a holder outside the office door for weekly inserts for the bulletin and monthly calendar. Items for the Bulletin are due by Wednesday of each week by noon and 3rd Sunday of each month for calendar. Or email your dates and events to firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOD BANK: Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items for the food bank AND ALSO on the birthday lunches. See Jane Ibbott if you want to be on the call list for food donations. Next birthday lunch Jan. 28, 2018
REFERENCE MATERIALS: Please take a few moments over the next few Sundays to review our Church business and community bulletin board; and other resource materials on the tables/shelve and racks in the narthex. Please take some home or give to a friend.
This Week under Grace
Today (w) 9:30am Bible Class/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service
Tuesday 9:30am Pastors’ Conference, Trinity, Toronto
7:30pm Ladies of Grace and Elders meeting
Wednesday Noon Saints Alive
Saturday 7:30am Men’s Bible Breakfast
Sunday (g) 9:30am Bible Class/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service